Meeting/Event Information

2019 Media Roundtable

August 13, 2019
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The Centre Club
123 South Westshore Boulevard, 8th floor
Tampa, FL 33609

The program kicks off with a lively panel discussion, followed by a “speed networking” session during which the individual media representatives spend about 5 minutes visiting each guest table. This allows time for you to get valuable details from each media professional, including the best contact points, times and approaches -- as well as their pet peeves and things to avoid. You also have the opportunity to introduce yourself, ask specific questions and get honest feedback.

Registration closes at midnight on Sunday, August 11!

Meet the Speakers


Vicky Benchimol, Planning Editor, ABC Action News

News junkie & Planning Editor for ABC Action News in Tampa. Proud mom. Strictly an Apple girl. Addicted to shoes and chocolate. Prefers to cover stories that impact the community and that have a good character in which to tell the story. Not interested in groundbreakings or ribbon cuttings. Contact 11am to 2pm via phone or email.


Gabrielle Calise, Social Trending Producer, Tampa Bay Times

I write stories for with the audience in mind, whether it's crowdsourcing with our readers or finding the best way to explain the latest trend. I'm part digital reporter, part Florida historian and part social media lurker. I like to describe my position as the beat without a beat. I've written histories of motorcycle gangs and Florida's extinct theme parks, taste tested strange dishes at the Florida State Fair, sorted through records of ridiculous vanity license plates, etc. I also help reporters and editors find the best way to package their stories/ longer projects online.


Ryan Gorman, Host of "PM Tampa Bay" on NewsRadio WFLA

Ryan Gorman is the host of “PM Tampa Bay” on NewsRadio WFLA, airing weeknights starting at 6p EST. The show features his analysis of the news of the day along with interviews with prominent local, state and national newsmakers. He also hosts statewide and national coverage of major news events for iHeartRadio and is a contributor to WONK-FM in Washington D.C. and Daytime TV on News Channel 8. Finally, he hosts “Best of the Bay" for all of the iHeartMedia Tampa radio stations, featuring interviews with people and organizations helping others in the Tampa Bay area.


Brian Hartz, Tampa Bay Editor, Business Observer

Brian Hartz is the Business Observer's Tampa Bay editor. A native of Indiana, he graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a master's degree in journalism and has practiced his craft at newspapers and magazines around the world, including Boating New Zealand in Auckland, New Zealand; Douglas, a business magazine in Victoria, British Columbia; and Southern Boating in Fort Lauderdale. Brian also works as a freelance writer for the Indiana University Alumni Magazine and the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. He is also the co-author of true-crime novel Harley C.I.: A Detective Story. Brian, who resides in St. Petersburg, has received accolades for his writing from the Hoosier State Press Association, the Canadian Press and the Florida Press Association.


Margie Manning, Finance Editor, St. Pete Catalyst.

Margie has a 40-year career in journalism, starting as a radio news reporter in St. Louis, before switching to print at the St. Louis Business Journal. In 2003, Margie moved to Florida and took an entrepreneurial detour to run an ice cream shop in Treasure Island with her husband, Michael. Before joining the St. Pete Catalyst in September 2018, Margie spent 14 years at the Tampa Bay Business Journal where she wrote about business successes, failures and the exciting world of innovation and start-ups. At the St. Pete Catalyst, Margie is finance editor and writes general business news about companies in the Tampa-St. Pete metro area. She also has a specific focus on companies in the technology industry.



Alexis Muellner, Editor-in-Chief, Tampa Bay Business Journal

Alexis Muellner (“Milner”) is responsible for the news operation of the digital and print editions of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.  He has nearly 21 years with American City Business Journals, the TBBJ parent company. He was named TBBJ editor-in-chief back in 2004. Alexis earned a master's degree in print journalism from the University of Miami in 1993 and a BA from Hampshire College. His roots are in public radio where credits include National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” “Weekend Edition,” “Crossroads,” and “Living on Earth.” He was an adjunct professor at Florida International University in Miami, where he taught the business and ethics of journalism, and broadcast writing and reporting. He was winner of the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists for his public radio series on the role of radio in Vietnam during the war. His print journalism credits include the Miami Herald, Florida Trend, the New York Times, the Miami Daily Business Review, Quill and the Sports Business Journal. He has twice been the recipient of the national ACBJ Eagle Award, his company’s highest honor, for excellence in news.

For TV, Muellner has been a regular commentator for Bay News 9. He’s on the boards of the Tampa Bay Community Network and Speak Up, a Tampa nonprofit that provides video production services, training and production crews for individuals and non-profits; and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. He lives in Pasco County with his wife Joni, and in downtime, pursues his creative goals through a robust Instagram feed.



Mary Shedden, News Director, WUSF

Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF Public Media, where she oversees a team of reporters covering 13 counties on Florida’s west coast.

A journalist for more than two decades, Mary arrived at WUSF in 2013, where she worked first as a reporter and then as editor of the Health News Florida journalism collaborative. She became news director in 2015.

Mary’s journalism has been recognized numerous times, including a 2016 national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television Digital News Association for Health News Florida. Her work also has been honored by the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters, and state and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Before joining WUSF, Shedden spent nearly 20 years at The Tampa Tribune and, Florida Today and the Gainesville Sun, where she covered everything from the investigation of a serial killer to retired pro athletes in chronic pain. Contact Mary at 813-974-8636, on twitter @MaryShedden or by email at [email protected]


Myriam Warren, Editor, CENTRO Tampa

Myriam Warren has had a 25-year career in journalism. Her passion is to hunt stories to share with the growing and diverse Hispanic community.

Myriam graduated from Xavierian University in Bogotá, Colombia. She worked in Colombia at Diners Magazine, for a government publication, and a children’s magazine. Her journey to the U.S. started in 2004 where she soon joined The Tampa Tribune as a multimedia journalist of CENTRO Tampa, a weekly Spanish-language tabloid. In May 2016, when the Tampa Bay Times announced that it had acquired the Tribune, CENTRO Tampa was part of the purchase. Currently, CENTRO Tampa is the largest Spanish-language newspaper in Tampa Bay with a circulation of 52,000.In the last decade Myriam has become very entrenched in the Hispanic community and is always available for local events and breaking stories. Myriam is an award-winning journalist with several awards from the Florida Society of News Editors and Society of Professional Journalists.


Ashley Yore, Content Strategist and Media Manager, The Identity Tampa Bay

Ashley Yore is an EMMY-award winning reporter, visual storyteller, and content creator, with more than a decade of experience in broadcasting. 

She is currently a Content Strategist and Media Manager with The Identity Tampa Bay, as well as the on-air brand expert for Sporto on HSN.

Ashley graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She worked as a news reporter and anchor at WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina, where she focused on a weekly restaurant segment. Ashley then moved to WSYX/WTTE in Columbus, Ohio where she created the EMMY award-winning series "Made Local, Stay Local," spotlighting innovative Ohio businesses. She also created "Best Bite," a weekly segment featuring the single best bite of food you could get at local watering holes. Ashley also hosted the travel series "Roadtrippin'." Ashley then worked at WFTS in Tampa, interviewing well-known local chefs, the stars of American Idol, and politicians.

Meet the Moderator


Missy Hurley, APR, Co-founder and principal, B2 Communications

Missy Hurley, APR has built a reputation for innovation and results, building and executing communications programs that focus on achieving her clients’ goals.

Accredited in public relations, Missy has experience in a wide variety of industries and has garnered results for the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Sunstar Paramedics, SPCA Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Fisher Phillips LLP, Synapse Innovation Summit, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts, and other clients. With an interest in economic development, she worked closely with the City of Tampa and Ybor City Development Corp. to promote historic Ybor City and with the City of St. Petersburg and the design teams for the new St. Petersburg Pier and the Pier Approach to involve residents in the design process.

Work that she’s completed for clients has received a number of significant industry awards from Florida Public Relations Association, PRSA Sunshine District and local chapters of PRSA and FPRA. Her PR efforts for Sunstar Paramedics’ “Stay Alert, Stay Alive” public safety campaign were recognized by the American Ambulance Association’s annual AMBY Awards in 2015. In addition, her PR efforts on behalf of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and Sunscreen Film Festival were recognized by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International’s distinguished Adrian Awards.

Missy served as president of PRSA Tampa Bay Chapter in 2011, after many years serving in volunteer roles. She now participates in the Counselors Academy section of PRSA on a national level. She’s also active in the Circle of Red, a women’s education initiative of the American Heart Association in Tampa Bay.

Past involvements have included three years as a board member of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tampa Bay, and volunteer roles with FemFessionals Tampa Bay, Gracepoint Ambassadors, Tampa Bay History Center, University of Tampa’s Board of Counselors, and Florida Suncoast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Missy received the University of Tampa Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award for business achievements and community involvement in December 2017. She was highlighted in Tampa Bay Metro’s Inspiring Women in Business in November 2018 and recognized in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2011 Up & Comers awards. She also received PRSA Tampa Bay’s Excellence in Community Relations Award in 2007.

An Ohio native, she graduated cum laude from the University of Tampa with a B.A. in communications.

Timeframes for Program

  • Check In/Networking: 7:30 - 8 a.m.
  • Program 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • Networking Until 10:30 a.m. 


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